Dates: October 24-27, 2019
Location: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
Full details available on the Our Trails Bring Us Together page here.
2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the drawing of the Kohklux Map. Chilkat leader Kohklux and his wives drew the map in 1869 for American scientist George Davidson, who was in the north to view a solar eclipse. Depicting the details and landscape of an Indigenous trade route between southeast Alaska and southwest Yukon, to date it is not only the oldest surviving map of southern Yukon, but also the oldest preserved map of this region drawn on paper by Indigenous people.
In honour of this anniversary and in acknowledgement of the immeasurable cultural and historical value of this map, this multi-disciplinary conference will explore the Kohklux Map, its legacy, and related topics. It will offer a forum for the exchange of new research, stories, and memories, and in doing so will attract and connect community knowledge-keepers, academics, historians, and others with an interest in the map. Approximately 100 speakers and participants from the north, Canada, the United States, and beyond are expected to attend. Learn more about the conference here.
Want to learn more about the Kohklux Map? You can download our 1995 publication, The Kohklux Map, here (PDF, 10 MB).
Note: Champagne and Aishihik First Nations will host a Kohklux Map Potlatch Celebration on Saturday, October 19. Open to all, it will feature stories and information about families in Alaska and Yukon linked by the maps, languages, cultures, and history.
YHMA occassionally hosts conferences and workshops as part of its efforts to build a learning environment for history and culture and the development of skills and best practices in the heritage sector. The following proceedings from past conferences are available: